As Rafizi announces his candidacy for the post of vice-president of the PKR, the knives are drawn en masse in an attempt to derail his campaign.
Various charges have been leveled against him, including that he allegedly quit the party and took a hiatus for the past two years.
Did any of those accusing him do anything to support the party in his absence?
The answer is clear to all. The party swung from crisis to crisis, which began with Mohamed Azmin Ali and Zuraida Kamaruddin deserting the party, taking their factions with them and teaming up with the losers of the last general elections to form a new government.
Since then, the party has lost its mojo and direction, perpetually hallucinating about imaginary friends and numbers.
It took until June 2021 for the leadership to fill the vacancies left by Azmin and Zuraida, and their supporters, only at the 2022 congress.
A political party is no different from any other organization. Everyone is crucial to their function. No one is redundant or inactive. It’s not just a numbers game, where the more the better.
Each member is required to contribute actively to the party. Each member or committee leader is required to lead the members in carrying out the party’s agenda.
These leaders are expected to be accountable for achieving the desired results.
Leaving these positions vacant for more than two years is totally untenable for a party that aspires to govern.
Do the PKR executives believe that everything is an automated process and things will fall into place when the time comes?
The series of defeats in partial and regional elections since February 2020 is already clear evidence of the vacuum within the central leadership of the PKR.
Also, the decision to compete under his own banner instead of Pakatan Harapan was madness.
Yes, PH participated in the general elections under the PKR banner and won, but that was because the coalition was not officially registered at the time.
Meanwhile, PH won primarily due to widespread dissatisfaction with Najib Razak, not PKR’s policies and promises.
So the fact that the current management have this belief that competing under their own banner in Johor will evoke a sense of nostalgia or loyalty only goes to show the self-centeredness of the existing management team.
In this election, it seems that people did not work together and did not work as hard as they did when actively led.
Not that voters nitpick at party or coalition failures, but the failures were so glaring, yet microscopic for PKR leaders.
Of course, anti-Rafizi supporters would point to the surge in membership in 2021, where the party claimed to have received 78,000 new applications.
Prior to this, PKR Chief Organizing Secretary Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad reportedly said that as of August 2020, the party had just over one million registered members.
Apparently 50% of party members are Malays, Indians made up 25%, with the rest evenly split between Chinese and Sabah and Sarawak ethnicities.
The PKR has always marketed itself as the only multiracial Malay party and a party of choice for voters who believe that being Malay is more important than just being Malay, Chinese, Indian or from Sarawak or Sabah.
Rafizi is one of the few party members with an appeal that transcends sectarian boundaries in a racially steeped Malaysia.
Since rising to prominence through exposure of the various scandals committed by the country’s political elite, Rafizi has introduced transformational leadership appropriate to modern teamwork.
Everyone helps each other to progress to a higher level of morale and motivation in achieving the goals set by the party.
Rafizi inspired people, especially those who are apolitical and non-partisan, as he communicated a shared vision, was very empathetic and gave his all, as evidenced by his ordeal of exposing corruption.
His apparent high self-esteem seems to help him recover from these issues fairly quickly.
These revelations by Rafizi inspired public confidence and gave people hope that the country would be in good hands moving forward if the PKR and the coalition it led were elected.
People remember good leaders. Bad leaders pretend they’re superheroes and end up flying down the sidewalk from a great height, taking everyone with them.
It is clear that good leaders are those who have made the effort to know themselves.
They regularly reflect on what works and what doesn’t and want to know why, not only in the party or the outside world, but in themselves.
They know they have flaws and strive to overcome them. This boosts their level of empathy, which helps them build great organizations, be it a society, political party, or businesses.
If a leader cannot face and manage his own demons, he creates a virtuous circle, with his team and for the whole party.
Even if Rafizi wins, he will face an arduous task playing a supporting role to a leader who has so far refused to deal with his own demon, where the party’s struggles and goals now mirror that of his own. personal obsession rather than for the people. and the country.
What options would be offered to Rafizi if the members voted for his competitor at the next PKR congress?
Form an alliance with like-minded leaders, regardless of party, and chart a new course for Malaysia 2.0? – May 7, 2022.
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